Encana Cup: Eduardo Menezes (BRA) Wins by 0.14 seconds
Day three of the Spruce Meadows ‘National’ CSI5* presented by Rolex brought 86 competitors to the International Ring for the. With so much international talent in the field, FEI course designer Peter Grant (CAN) had his work cut out for him. Seventeen horse/rider combinations, representing ten countries posted clear rounds and stepped back into the International Ring for the jump off. You had to be clear and very fast to make it into a ribbon placing making the competition fierce. Riders made good use of the new video board recently installed in the International warm up ring which allowed them to watch, study and learn as riders ahead of them stepped up to take on the jump off.
Eduardo Menezes (BRA) was lucky to have a late draw in the order of go for round one and was the second last rider to step into the ring for the jump off. Menezes indicated that the competition schedule for Carushka 2 heavily revolved around competing at Spruce Meadows.
Menezes now plans to enter Carushka 2 in the ATCO Cavalry Charge on Sunday which is a Table C competition and the mare’s speed will be nothing but advantageous.
“It was tough, but at the same time fair.” – Eduardo Menezes (BRA)
RBC Capital Markets Cup: Patricio Pasquel (MEX) Scores Victory
Friday evening of the Spruce Meadows ‘National’ CSI5* presented by Rolex featured the RBC Capital Markets Cup 1.50m. It was a tough track where riders would be challenged throughout the course and those who made it through clean, deserved it. Young Canadian Ali Ramsey would post the first clear round of the night after so many veterans had gone. She was soon followed by Michael Morrissey (USA) and Patricio Pasquel (MEX), but those would remain the only clears of the night.
Pasquel was last to go in the jump off and made good use of being able to watch the two young guns go. Pasquel plans to have Pomerol compete this Sunday in the CNOOC Nexen Cup.
“It’s tough to train for the shadows, but my horse handled the shadows fine.” – Patricio Pasquel (MEX)
For full results from day 3 of the National, click here.